32 Must-Have 4th of July Recipes
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Happy 4th of July! It's that time of year, and we are here to set you up with the perfect 4th of July menu. You're cookout is going to be loaded with tasty appetizers, refreshing drinks, out of this world entrées, stunning sides, and to-die-for 4th of July desserts that are sure to impress. Everyone will want to be invited. That doesn't surprise us because, with the help of this easy patriotic 4th of July menu, your going to be the talk of the town!
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4th of July Appetizers!
These pint-sized potato skins are going to be a hit at your next get-together. When it comes to 4th of July food, these are the best of the best! They make for a fun, interactive way for your family and friends to party hard as we celebrate our American independence.
This ranch dip is fully loaded! A few special ingredients make this dip extra-creamy, while all of our mix-ins and toppings add a whole lot of flavor. Our Loaded Ranch Dip is great for a 4th of July cookout or a backyard get-together, especially since it makes enough to feed a crowd!
Okay, so a salsa recipe might not be very "American", but we still think that every good party has salsa and chips! So make this Save-the-Day Black Bean Salsa for your next 4th of July party. This works as an easy appetizer recipe, or a fun and festive topping for one of the main dishes you've got in mind!
Need something tasty to tide your hungry gang over before dinner's served? Well, who could resist popping our Loaded Jalapeno Poppers in their mouth! They're a little bit hot, a little bit smoky, a little bit creamy, and a whole lot of tasty! Perfect for celebrating 4th of July with a little spark.
Deviled eggs are an American classic! That's why we're serving them up at our 4th of July BBQ. You can't go wrong with these creamy flavors, and we'd be willing to bet that these festive treats will disappear before all the others. Good thing they whip up fast!
Bring home the bacon and be the top tomato in the kitchen when you make these novel bite-size BLT Bites as super appetizers or snacks! Perfect as a grab-and-go appetizer plate for your 4th of July cookout, these little treats are an explosion of flavor in the best possible way.
4th of July Entrées
When the sun's out to play, it's the perfect time to bring out the old grill and make those summertime classics! We've got the perfect Grilled Hot Dogs recipe, and a secret tip to make them that much better. Top these juicy dogs with your favorite condiments, and you're ready to eat! Everyone at your 4th of July cookout will be huddled around the grill, waiting for seconds.
We call this recipe for crock pot pulled pork, our Easy Barbecue Pork. Why? Because it's simple! Get ready for a BBQ pulled pork recipe that is going to change the way you and your family do cookouts. Everyone at your 4th of July blast is going to want some of this, so be sure to make it the night before! Get ready for the very best of sweet barbecue flavors and sunshine.
Fast food restaurants and barbecue shacks may serve 'em, but the best tasting kind of ribs are the ones you make at home. We think it's because of all the Tender Lovin' Care we add in our own kitchens, which is why we call these our T.L.C. Barbecued Ribs. Everyone's doing cheeseburgers and hotdogs on the 4th of July, but you're going the extra mile for something different!
The Ultimate Hero Burger is going to be your new favorite ground beef recipe, and we know it will be a hit on the 4th of July--or any time you just want a top-notch burger on your plate! This take on this classic burger recipe is our juiciest and most flavorful yet. Friends and family will be crowding around the grill, clamoring for their burger patty!
When the weather's warm, it's time to break out our best grilled chicken recipes and we know you're gonna love this one! Instead of using a traditional barbecue sauce right out of the bottle, how about adding some duck sauce and a few pantry staples to make it extra lip-smacking good? Try it for yourself and see what you think. It might just go do down in your 4th of July recipe hall of fame.
It's summertime so get those grills hot and ready for this easy steak recipe. Our Summer Steak recipe gives the adventurous eaters a little something different, while keeping the more conservative ones satisfied. Forget those boring seasoning medleys, 'cause with this recipe, you're in control. It's going to explode with flavor just like 4th of July fireworks!
4th of July Side Dishes
This is the perfect coleslaw recipe to bring to a family shindig or backyard 4th of July bash, 'cause it goes along with everything! Summer's Best Slaw features the delicious combo of a sweet and savory dressing and crunchy, flavorful summer peppers.
Our Duchess French Fries come from the UK, but we're using them to celebrate the 4th of July! It's sure to satisfy when the craving strikes. This quick and easy snack can be made in less than fifteen minutes and will rival any upscale restaurant!
4th of July is here, so get your grills out and get ready for our Grilled Corn on the Cob! This is the recipe you need for that perfect fun-in-the-sun taste. We use a dash of chili powder to give this easy corn on the cob recipe a little something special. Who knew corn would be everyone's new favorite part of those classic summer feasts?
Our easy recipe for Basic Macaroni Salad is a 4th of July side dish staple. No frills in this recipe, and that's what makes it absolutely perfect! Simple, delicious, classic flavors make this "basic" macaroni dish an absolute work of art. This has become one of our favorite go-to dishes, and we know you'll feel the same about this flavorful childhood favorite!
You no longer have to choose between a loaded baked potato and a potato salad, 'cause our Loaded Baked Potato Salad offers the best of both worlds! This 4th of July side dish takes a classic taste and gives it a new twist! That means you get sour cream, shredded cheese, crumbled bacon, and more!
When it comes to 4th of July get-togethers, there are some absolute essentials you're going to want--like our Backyard Bean Bake! Made with canned baked beans, sweet molasses, smoky crumbled bacon, and more, it's a go-along that everyone will want the recipe for!
4th of July Desserts
Need a dynamite cake recipe that'll cause fireworks at your table this 4th of July? Then show your patriotic colors with our deliciously, easy Patriotic Poke Cake. This cake is an easy way to indulge in a dessert that is loaded with flavor and sweet, American perfection, in a 4th of July dessert.
Growing up, Dave's dad always made the best apple pie during the 4th of July, and now you're lucky enough to get in on the secret. Your Fourth of July cookout is going to have a dessert that's as all-American as you are! Not even fireworks can hold a candle to this easy apple pie recipe.
We can’t think of a better way to celebrate the Fourth of July than with a freshly made donut stuffed with ice cream. This easy dessert recipe is as tasty as it is unique. Just top it off with some frosting and star-spangled decorations and get ready for a Yankee Doodle of a good time! 4th of July desserts have never been better.
This 4th of July dessert is a patriotic holiday pleaser every time. We've got the sugar cookie recipe that's going to wow at your celebration! These sweet treats have only 6 ingredients, and they're so easy to make. Plus, you get to exercise creativity and find new ways to decorate these Patriotic Sugar Cookies!
We've got an Ooh So Easy-Fresh Strawberry Pie that comes straight from the kitchen of Wanda H. She wowed Howard, and everyone else at the Test Kitchen, with this recipe, which is why it won our Patriotic Dessert Contest 2018. Not only does it have the red, white, and blue patriotism, but you won't believe how summer-sweet, and American-made, this tastes! Whip it up for any patriotic holiday, or just when you want something to cool you off in the dog days of summer.
When your family comes over to celebrate the 4th of July, what are you gonna serve for dessert? How about our Family-Style Ice Cream Trifle? This easy dessert recipe combines all your favorite ice cream flavors over layers of sweet, comforting pound cake. The best part? Our family-sized dessert is ready in a flash, and so big that everyone will get to indulge! This fantastic no-bake dessert recipe is exactly what your family needs when it comes to having fun in the summer sun.
Red, White & Blue Milkshakes are so thick and rich, you'd better serve them up with a long spoon to capture every last luscious taste! This 4th of July Dessert will really blow them away, and what more could you want on a day that has fireworks?
Is it a cookie...or a brownie? Well, it's sort of both! Our All-American Brookie Bars are part decadent brownie and part chocolate chip cookies, which makes them doubly delicious. We're serving them up as one of our favorite 4th of July desserts!
4th of July Drinks
This recipe for virgin Strawberry Margaritas allows you to enjoy a sweet taste of refreshing summer fun, without getting tipsy. There's no shame in being a teetotaler when you've got options like this! Plus, it's also a safe way for the kids to enjoy an "adult" beverage during your 4th of July party!
4th of July is here and we're throwing a party! Get excited about our Sparkling Garden Punch. It's the perfect combination of cool and refreshing, with a dash of fruity fizz thrown in to excite your taste buds. Everyone will want a glass or two; since this recipe feeds a crowd, that's no problem at all. So, get ready for a summer bash you'll never forget!
Ever wondered why the iced tea served at restaurants always seems to taste crisper and more flavorful than your homemade version? Well, there's a simple secret to how that happens, and we're sharing it in our recipe for Secret Ingredient Iced Tea. Serve it up at your next 4th of July party and have a blast!
4th of July has come and that means it's time for something fruity and refreshing. Try our Fizzy Raspberry Lemonade! The bubbles in the club soda are the secret ingredient that make this homemade lemonade recipe pop! Just wait, this easy summer recipe is sure to make a splash at your next outdoor party.
If you've ever had freshly made lemonade at a fair, then you'll love the fresh taste of our Lip-Smackin' Lemon Shake-Up at your 4th of July party! All ya do is make our flavor-packed lemon syrup ahead of time.
These slushies are bursting with fun! Our Firecracker Slushies feature a fruity punch flavor and a special candy that pops in your mouth. They're the perfect drink for celebrating the 4th of July or any other summertime bash.
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